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Making the MissionPlanning and Ethnicity in San Francisco$
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Ocean Howell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226141398

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226290287.001.0001

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Latino as Worker

Latino as Worker

The Changing Politics of Race in the City and the Neighborhood

(p.211) Nine Latino as Worker
Making the Mission

Ocean Howell

University of Chicago Press

In the immediate postwar period, there grew a sharp divergence between the municipal government and the institutions of the Mission District when it came to ideas about planning and urban life. Nowhere was this divergence more pronounced than around the subject of race. While citywide agencies operated under discriminatory policies and assumptions, the institutions of the Mission District became more racially egalitarian than they had ever been. The Merchants, local Catholic parish churches, and social service providers all began to view Latinos as a racial minority, but also surprisingly, to welcome them as such. The growing acceptance of the neighborhood's multiethnicity would prove an invaluable asset in the planning debates of the following decade.

Keywords:   Latino identity, Mexicans, Central Americans, Catholic Church, African Americans, whiteness, white flight, labor unions, Department of City Planning, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency

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